Jones Jr. is asked for comment on Oscar De La Hoya and Dana White’s spat over the McGregor-Mayweather fight.
You got understand and where De La Hoya comes from. You gotta understand where Dana comes from I understand both sides. It’s not a true boxing event. It’s above boxing…It’s not bad for boxing because the boxer should win. It’s only bad for boxing if the MMA guy get luck and clip the boxer. Otherwise it couldn’t possibly bad for boxing. They are boxing. This guy [McGregor] has an name in MMA, not i boxing. So it gives boxing an advantage…It’s gonna be the event that everyone wants to see.
White expands on his earlier post questioning Oscar De La Hoya’s motivations.
I’m saying ‘What the f-ck, Oscar?’ Listen Oscar De La Hoya and I have had a good relationship through time. I’ve been supportive of every event that he does. Bob Arum and I don’t get along. If Bob Arum and I had the two last fighters on earth I wouldn’t make a fight with that scumbag. What is [Oscar] doing. Why would you say something like that? It makes him sound as though he has no confidence whatsoever in Triple G versus Canelo, which I have said publicly is a good fight..He seems completely insecure…And talk about two-faced and contradicting and the list goes on and on..hating…Oscar, what the f-ck is going on with you? Are you nuts? Are you out of your mind? Have you lost your f-cking mind?
Asked about McGregor-Mayweather:
We’re moving. I’m confident that this thing can get done. Obviously, there’s still some hurdles. It’s a crazy deal to make. Here’s the other thing: Any time people come out and say this fight shouldn’t happen, or this fight is ridiculous. When two people get in there, with the punching power of a Conor McGregor and the fighting style of a Floyd Mayweather, who knows what the hell’s gonna happen? Am I saying that this is going to be the greatest fight in the history of the world? Hell, no. I have no idea. This could be one of those fights where the press conference is a thousand times better than the fight…but nobody can judge a fight until a fight is over.
White calls out De La Hoya for posting a statement to his Facebook criticising the potential boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather as something from which “boxing could never recover.”
In an open letter De La Hoya calls for a boycott of the proposed McGregor-Mayweather fight.
To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing. With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur — we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport. Floyd’s and Conor’s motivation is clear. It’s money. It’s a win-win for them. It’s a lose-lose for us. We’ll be $100 lighter and we will have squandered another opportunity to bring boxing back to its rightful place as the sport of kings. At this point, only we can shut the circus down by making it clear that we won’t pay to see a joke of a fight and telling our casual-fan friends that they shouldn’t either.
De La Hoya says boxing will be a “joke” if McGregor takes on Mayweather without having warm-up fights.
It would be a joke, it would be an embarrassment for boxing, if an MMA fighter were to go into the ring. It would be a no-contest. It would be the same thing if a fighter went into the Octagon, it would be an embarrassment for MMA. If McGregor gets inside a boxing ring, he’ll get outclassed easy. McGregor has never fought a boxer, ever in his life. In all seriousness, he should start off by fighting an amateur boxer, win a few amateur fights, maybe go on to win the Golden Gloves or something, and then when you turn pro he should fight a four-rounder, [in] which maybe he’ll get beat. But he should get experience in boxing and then call out the best. You cannot be calling out a top fighter in boxing right off the bat.
De la Hoya says the only boxing fight that makes sense to him is McGregor vs. Alvarez.
If Conor is serious about fighting? First of all, I would love to talk to him and promote him. I mean, imagine Conor McGregor and Golden Boy coming together! But the only fight I would like to see, and this is the one that makes the most sense – as it would be the most exciting and would be a guaranteed knockout – is against Canelo Alvarez. And they’re in the same weight class. So it makes all the sense in the world. Imagine. 154. 160. It would be at 160 actually.